Review of Daughters of Night, The Times, 10 February 2021
Come for the clever mystery, stay reading late into the night for the vivid, tender portrayal of a world where women are bought, sold and abused, yet fight to retain their vim and dignity. I would gamble what’s left of my virtue on Daughters of Night being the best historical crime novel I will read this year.
Review of Daughters of Night, The FT, 6 February 2021
[Shepherd-Robinson] depicts Georgian society as riddled with hypocrisy, setting the investigation against a persuasive historical backdrop. [Shepherd-Robinson] would be advised to clear her shelves for more awards.
The Best Crime Novels and Thrillers to Buy for Christmas 2019, The Telegraph, 23 December 2019
Best Crime and Thrillers of 2019, The Guardian, 30 November 2019
Audiobook Review of Blood & Sugar, The Times, 23 February 2019
Ben Onwukwe has one of the richest voices in audio, resonant, perfectly paced, whether he’s reading Frank Bruno’s autobiography or Nick Harkaway’s sci-fi Gnomon. He rises effortlessly to the challenge of this searing, ingeniously constructed story of the London arm of the 18th-century slaving business. Read more
Review of Blood & Sugar, The Daily Mail, 17 January 2019
Profits from slavery were so staggering that the battle for its abolishment was vicious. Could it be, then, that a financial imperative was behind the murder of Thaddeus Archer, barrister and known anti-slaver, in Deptford Dock in 1781? Read more
Review of Blood & Sugar, The Sunday Times, 11 January 2019
Blood & Sugar, a historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson, plunges the reader into the murky, world of the London slave trade at the end of the 18th century. Read more
Review of Blood & Sugar, Financial Times, 4 January 2019
When historical crime fiction arrives with an encomium from the doyen of the genre, CJ Sansom, attention must be paid. And this debut by a young British writer has set the bar high for her peers in 2019. Read more
Mantle acquires two historical crime leads in ‘hotly contested’ auction, The Bookseller, 3 July 2018
Mantle has acquired two historical crime thrillers by debut author Laura Shepherd-Robinson in a “hotly contested” auction, earmarked to be “lead hardbacks” for January 2019 and 2020. Read more